Hebb's cell-assemblies theory holds that repeated exposure to a sensory
stimulation will result in an assembly. Thought processes consist of an
activity of such cell-assemblies. There is an intimate relationship between
learning and perception: perception in the early stages is consequence
of a primitive learning process, but later learning becomes a function
of perception and of cognitive structure that originate from perception.
Hebb also makes a few philosophical comments. The word "conscious" is used both for denoting the state of a human being and for denoting a type of mental activity. The idea of the self and the idea of the other overlap, and this explains the existence of empathy.
See also his classic THE ORGANIZATION OF BEHAVIOR (John Wiley, 1949).
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